Collections are groups of archival materials, usually organized around the person or organization who created or assembled them.
To work with a physical collection, you will travel to the library or archive that houses the collection. At most archives, you will sit in a reading room and the staff will bring you the boxes or folders you ask for. To figure out which boxes or folders to ask for, you will use a finding aid, which is an inventory of the collection along with some background information.
Digital collections are accessed online. Materials in digital collections can be "born digital" (if they are recent), or they can be digitized (scanned, photographed, and/or transcribed) versions of physical materials.
Above is a screenshot from a scholarly article (Orozco, Cynthia. "Regionalism, Politics, and Gender in Southwest History: The League of United Latin American Citizens' Expansion into New Mexico from Texas, 1929-1945." Western Historical Quarterly 29, no. 4 (1998): 459-483.)
- What two primary source documents does Orozco cite in footnote 20? How would you find each one?
- What documents does Orozco cite in footnote 21?
- What documents does Orozco cite in footnote 22?
Use TARO to search the finding aids of physical archival collections all over Texas.
You can find primary sources in the TLU Library by searching the library catalog. Use Advanced Search to combine the word Texas with the subject heading Sources (use the drop-down menu to select Subject).
The library has an index called the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature. It is a physical reference source located on the main floor. You can use it to find articles by subject in the library's bound periodicals such as:
You can also use the Reader's Guide to locate periodical articles that the library does not own and request them through ILL.
Provides full-text access (including backfiles) to American Spectator (1967-present), Commentary (1945-present), Commonweal (1924-present), Dissent (1954-present), Harper's (1850-present), La Follette's Magazine (1909-1929), Moment (1975-present), The Nation (1865-present), National Review (1955-present), The New Leader (1924-present), The New Republic (1914-present), The New Yorker (1925-present), Orion (1982-present), The Progressive (1909-present), The Washington Monthly (1969-present), and The Weekly Standard (1995-present).
Provides full text for 6863 unique titles published between 1684 and 1912. Provides rich content detailing American history and culture from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. This database covers advertising, health, women's issues, science, the history of slavery, industry and professions, religious issues, culture and the arts, and more. Link to the collection
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